Justin J Grant is a singer/multi-instrumentalist from Newry, N.Ireland. He has been performing in public from the age of fifteen, formerly as the front man of a locally acclaimed six piece band and currently as a solo artist playing all over Ireland and the U.K. Justin is a prolific writer and has an extensive Catalogue of wonderful melody driven contemporary songs of which fourteen are presented on his debut album, “ Break The Wing “
JAX: Where were you born and where have you been living for the past 10 years.
JUSTIN: I was born in Newry Co Down N. Ireland, I got interested in music from an early age. And then people told me I could sing I just thought I was making a funny noise, So I ended up playing guitar and singing in bands. In 2001 I had ideas about songs of my own so I bought a cheap ticket & headed for the bright lights of Belfast City. And I am very grateful I have had the chance to enlighten a few peoples ear holes along the way with my music.
JAX: Why do you create music and what do you most love about it?
JUSTIN: Well I had nothing else to do, I started out as a guitar player back then I had to sing well because nobody else wanted to sing my songs, And I had a natural talent for the guitar because my father was a musician he tought me how to play and I really liked the idea about that. My passion for song blossomed on the back of a love for an eclectic range of stars like The Mamas and Papas, The Beatles, David Bowie, Tim Hardin, Glen Campbell, Hendrix, Cream, And I used to watch people playing on stage and thought wow hey one day that could be me and now it appears to be that way, Weather people like it or not is neither here nor there. So I just started writing more songs working with my then producer/ manager Andy Cowan Martin where we shuffled songs about, From some scratchy beginnings we have ended up with what I think is a really great album of which I am very proud.
JAX: Do you play gigs, tour or primarily share your music online? And are there any challenges to what your doing?
JUSTIN: Last year I played live across Ireland and England and we have picked up radio play in Japan, Nashville, Spain, Holland, UK Ireland and number 10 in the UK Country charts. At the moment I am working on new material writing recording demos that sort of thing, All I can do is put my music out there and hope people like it, And if they don’t well I can always do a runner Hee Hee. Well the internet is taking over in a big so I am afraid to say I will have to let peter the carrier pigeon go,…But for the time being if any one wants to get a hold of my music then go to I tunes/ Amazon & just squirt Justin J Grant “Break the Wing” into the web & I shall pop up.
JAX: Name 3 words that best describe you and tell me why.
JUSTIN: Happy Hoppy Floppy Well because I am a happy kinda guy, Hoppy because I cant sit down always on the go go me & floppy because I have long-lasting floppy disk hair.
JAX: What’s the music scene like where you are? Best places to go to hear music?
JUSTIN: Ireland has always had a great music scene, My best venues for original music would have to be the Spirit Store in Dundalk, Amplified Bar in Newry & The Black Box Belfast.
JAX: Tell me about your best music moment.
JUSTIN: My best music moment would have to be back in 2008 watching Glen Campbell perform Wichita Lineman Live at the waterfront hall in Belfast, tugs at my heart and soul every time.
Hey I have had a few great moments in my life and this is one of them, Thanks for having me. I am humbled XO
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